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Billy Donovan ballscreens


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Billy Donovan

They play out of concepts, including pick and roll. They want to be an extra-pass, ball-movement, high-assist team. Put players into situations where they have to make reads.

See Fast breaks - Billy Donovan.

1)

Any time 1 advances the ball they want him off the top, clear him out. 2 gives 5 a look, hits 4, who also looks inside, 5 searches the ball.

(Option - 1 shallow cuts to the weakside wing, 3 stays in the corner)

On the fast break, 4 can run into a ballscreen with 2.

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a)

If 4 passes to 3 and sprints to downscreen for 2 (at the elbow), 5 can stay posted, or sprint to pick and roll if he does not have good post position (shown), then 4 dives or spaces (out).

See Tactics - Enfield ballscreen spacing (4-man corner), Quick hitters - Enfield ballscreens (4 slips, 5 screens).
 
Variation - 4 ballscreens, see Fast breaks - Mavs, LSU, also Offences - High-low sets (Twist, Twist-slip), Quick hitters - Duke actions (Exchange, 4 can top pick and pop).

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b)

3 can throw down to 1 and cut through, 5 goes to set a low pick and roll, 2 and 4 space away, 3 has total freedom, e.g., he can keep going to the weakside corner, run up the weakside lane line (loop up), or sprint out behind the pick and roll (shown).

Create random movement inside their offence.

See Offences - Triangle basics, Fast breaks - Spurs 2014 (Hawk action).

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Here 3 loops up the weakside lane line, they have an open post (i.e. no help on 5 rolling).

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c)

Here 5 stays posted on a 4-3 pass and 3 hits 2 coming off the wide pin-down.

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1 runs the baseline using a 5-4 staggered screen, this is where the pick and roll action starts.

See Fast breaks - Bradley, also Spurs strong (Pinch post).

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2 hits 1 and spaces wide (they always want the top open to create driving angles), 4 cross-screens for 5, who runs into a pick and roll.

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4 has two options, one is run behind 5, who always rolls (shown).

The floor really gets moved by the bigs.

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The other option is to sprint up the weakside lane line (their 4-man is a 3-point shooter).

If X5 shows on the ballscreen, look for a 1-4 pass then a 4-5 pass over the top.
 
See Quick hitters - Enfield ballscreens (Zipper).

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2 sprints backdoor (any time the 4-man is raised and there are two other guys on that side) and goes all the way through, they want an empty side for 4.
 
Randy Sherman - when in a single gap and looked at, dribbled at or pivoted towards, cut to create a double gap.

See Fast breaks - Triano early offence (Two-up), also Offence - High-low sets.

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4 passes to 3 and can ballscreen, shallow cut, or slip (see below). 4 can pop, it's an empty side.
 
Triano - 4 does a dribble hand-off if 3 is denied.

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1 lifts up and meets a pass from 3 to step into the 3-point line.

On the flight of the pass 5 can duck in (meet X5 in the paint), or run up the lane line and screen for 1, it can be to the middle of the floor, or baseline. 2 is dead corner.

5's first priority is to duck in, he should have an advantage.

See Tactics - Lawrence Frank ballscreens (Strong), Van Gundy ballscreens (Shake), Offence - High-low sets (Gonzaga).

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Here 5 ducks in, 1 is just a post feeder.

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if it's not there 1 throws it down to 2, who raises a bit, 1 cuts, 5 picks and rolls.

1 can run all the way through or come back out the same side, 4 can sprint up the lane line or fill behind.

They can easily run an X, 4 sees 1 running through and runs back underneath (that could randomly happen), or 1 could sprint up to the weakside elbow and 4 would space out or run under.

Here if 2 comes off and passes to 4, 3 would backcut and 4 go into a ballscreen with 1.

They want to get 4 lifted, 3 stays spaced.

Keep the floor moving.

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Here 4 runs back underneath.

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If 2 passes to 4 he cuts then fills behind, if 4 can't pass to 5, he dribbles across the top of the key, that's an automatic double pick and roll (for any big).

They like this action (use it to get 4 lifted from a corner).

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3 can go backdoor if denied, if not, 4 passes and screens, 5 runs up the lane line right behind him, 4 can slip or pop, 5 always rolls.

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If 3 throws it back to 4, keep playing, get into a wing pick and roll.

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2)

1 can't make an advance pass, reverses the ball through 4, 3 raises for a pass, 4 always runs into a ballscreen, 1 gets all the way to the sideline.

a)

5 can post up, or turn it into a double pick and roll, 5 rolls, 4 pops.
 
See Quick hitters - Chin series (Double-drag option).

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b)

Here 5 doesn't want to come out of the paint, he rolls underneath the basket to the other side.

If 4 sees X3 move his feet to force 3 into the screen, 4 loops behind (a shallow cut, dive), 3 drives middle (shown).

If defenders will switch the screen, 4 slips to the ballside short corner (not to the basket, X5 is in the paint).
 
See Offences - Xavier middle ballscreens (Drag into 7 cut).

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c)

Here 4 sets the ballscreen, the screen angle is important, it's easy for X3 to go under if 4 just follows the pass, go underneath the defender to set it, make him go over the screen.

Always keep the top open.

See Fast breaks - Bradley, LSU, Tactics - Lawrence Frank ballscreens (Swing).

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When the ball is kicked across they are back into the same situation, 5 can duck in or run up to pick and roll for 1.

They play a lot of 2 on 2 on both sides of the floor at the same time.

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1 can throw it down to 2 and cut, here he fills behind and 4 comes high.

See Tactics - Enfield ballscreen spacing (4-man lifted).
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